Feature #2716

Automatically add assignee to watchers

Added by Ве Fio over 7 years ago. Updated about 1 year ago.

Status:NewStart date:2009-02-11
Priority:NormalDue date:
Assignee:-% Done:


Target version:-


For simple dependencies, instead of creating tasks for every little thing, we "pass the baton" by changing the assignee. This works well, but there could be a problem:
  1. Alice opens the issue and assigns it to Bob.
  2. Bob needs information from Carol and reassigns the issue to her. Bob forgets to add himself to the watchers.
  3. Carol replies but forgets to assign the issue back to Bob. Bob is not the originator, the assignee, or a watcher, and is not notified.

redmine_auto_watch.7z (648 Bytes) Teddy L, 2009-02-11 12:55

101-autowatch_plugin.patch Magnifier (1.27 KB) Vitaliy Ischenko, 2009-07-06 15:40

Related issues

Related to Redmine - Feature #1737: autowatch issues New 2008-08-03
Duplicated by Redmine - Feature #5561: Auto add assign person to watch list Closed 2010-05-19


#1 Updated by Teddy L over 7 years ago

You can use the plugin i made to do that if you want.

#2 Updated by Ве Fio over 7 years ago

Thank you!

#3 Updated by Jerome Vanthournout over 7 years ago

I love this feature. For me, it seems mandatory to define the assignee as a watcher per default. Then, if the assignee wants, he can change the watcher status.

Would it be possible to integrate it in the next release (v0.9 ?)

#4 Updated by Jerome Vanthournout over 7 years ago

Hi Teddy,

I wanted to try your plugin on v0.8.1. I have copied the folder redmine_auto_watch in the vendor/plugins folder, ran rake db:migrate_plugins and restart my server.
I can see your plugin in the administration plugin list.
But, when I assign a issue to user1, it is not automatically added as a watcher.

So, your plugin does not work for me. Do you know if it comes from the redmine version used, or if I missed something ?

#5 Updated by Teddy L over 7 years ago

Jerome Vanthournout wrote:



I just tried with 0.8.1 and it's still working.

The test1 user should not be the author of your test issue (author always receive notifications), and check your View watchers list rights.

And for info, rake db:migrate_plugins is not needed because i didn't make db modifications.

#6 Updated by Jerome Vanthournout over 7 years ago

Hi Teddy,

Ok, it works now.

Thanks for your plug-in which should be integrated in the trunk version.

#7 Updated by Vitaliy Ischenko over 7 years ago

There is one issue with plugin - when assigne_to is nil
Simple fix follows

#8 Updated by Ryan Cross over 5 years ago

I don't seem to be able to link tickets.

See also #1737

#9 Updated by Etienne Massip over 5 years ago

  • Category set to Issues

#10 Updated by Michael Wu almost 5 years ago


Do you think when a user not in the watchers list updates the issue, should him/her be added to the watchers list automatically?

Sometimes I when I gives feedback to an issue that I am not part of, I might forget to add the issue to my watch list. But I think most of the time the user would like to watch the issue by default if he joins the discussion.


#11 Updated by # And over 4 years ago

Is it compactible with Redmine 2.x ?

#12 Updated by # And over 3 years ago

Try it out: https://github.com/logical-and/redmine_auto_watch. Watchers added on issue update and issue create from: author, assignee, previous assignee if any.

#13 Updated by Roberto Viola over 2 years ago

Would it be difficult to extend this to be on creation per project? That is, any issue created in a certain project gets default watchers?

#14 Updated by David Verdú about 2 years ago

When you create issues by sending an email to an address and then reading the email with rake redmine:email:receive_imap
the issue is created but the creator (email sender) it is not marked as watcher. Could the plugin be modified to support this feature? Is there any hook to handle when you create with receive_imap rake task?

#15 Updated by Kevin Palm about 1 year ago


#16 Updated by budo kaiman about 1 year ago


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